Every engagement shoot is special, but this one was extra special. I have known Jennie since we were in first grade. We have shared so many of life’s ups and downs together and I have had a front seat to her journey–all that led her to find her person. I was thrilled to photograph her and CJ’s engagement photos and celebrate this time with them. 

Jennie works in music and they both love the outdoors. Red Rocks was the perfect location to celebrate Colorado and the place where they met. I’M SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS! 

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Jennie shares the sweet proposal story, “In D.UM.B.O, Brooklyn, staring at the Brooklyn Bridge, the man of my dreams had pre-arranged for a street performer to be waiting there to play our song. As my jaw dropped, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Crying, I helped him up and said “YES!”

I knew from the moment I saw his angel face that all I wanted was him + a life together forever. I love him with all my heart! How did him and I get so lucky?! 

I am so thankful for CJ to invite me to join his family, letting me love his amazing kids and opening his beautiful heart to my family, as well. I cannot wait to continue our story of growth, love and adventures!”

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Congratulations Jennie and CJ! The couple will be married this summer in Virginia.

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I met Clarie and Troy at Mount Falcon West on a snowy, beautiful winter day to celebrate their engagement.

Troy shares, “Our story began during the spring of 2016 during our junior year while we were both attending Texas A&M University. We met at a scholarship banquet where we both had the same donor for our Fightin’ Texas Aggie rings. The Aggie Ring is a coveted symbol of camaraderie, commitment, and loyalty when students complete 90 credit hours. After hitting it off at the banquet, I asked Claire for her number. Less than a week later, we met for coffee in between our classes on campus. After a few more amazing dates, and returning from summer break, we began our senior year as an official couple.

Upon graduation in 2017, our long distance portion of our relationship began. Claire pursued a year of service with AmeriCorps before attending law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, while I stayed in College Station, Texas, for an extra year to complete my Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering. It was during this time that we often took weekend trips to visit one another, and our relationship continued to grow. Through this experience, we fell more deeply in love—leaning strongly on our communication, trust in God, and the joy of being each other’s best friend.

After six years (yes, six years) of dating long distance, our prayers were answered when Claire moved to Colorado and we never had to live in a separate state ever again. It wasn’t too long after that when I proposed to Claire in November of 2023 while on a trip back to where it all began: Aggieland. I got down on one knee under the time-honored tradition of the Century Tree. Tradition says that when you walk under the Century Tree, it means you’ll be together forever. A proposal under the Century Tree takes that tradition a step further by resulting in a lifetime of happy marriage.

We are both so excited for our wedding this October and for a lifetime of silly, sweet, and significant moments and adventures with our doggy daughter, Aria, right by our side.

Our families and faith are so important to us, so we look forward to joining two families together and sharing the beauty of God’s hand in every step of our relationship that has forever changed our lives.”

Congratulations Claire and Troy!


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Kate and Sam were married at the beautiful Manor House in Littleton, Colorado. The Southern-style Georgian mansion, was built in 1914 and includes gorgeous views of the Front Range, Red Rocks and the Denver skyline.

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Kate shares, “Sam and I got engaged at Goodale Park in Columbus, Ohio. We first met in Columbus when Sam was finishing residency and I was finishing graduate school. We took a walk around the park and he proposed at the lake!

We chose to get married at the Manor House because it is beautiful! We loved the grounds with a view of the foothills. We also loved the inside of the house, and it provided many spaces for people to gather in large or smaller groups. We knew most people would be traveling from around the country for the wedding, so we liked that they would have places to spend time and catch up with each other outside of the ballroom. We also wanted our out-of-town guests to get great Colorado views!”

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The ceremony took place inside the Manor House ballroom. The flower girl made everyone smile as she took off flying down the aisle! She then turned around and ran back to walk down with her brother.

Kate shares, “I walked in with my Dad to an instrumental version of my parents’ wedding song, Can’t Help Falling in Love, by Elvis.”

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The reception began with the couple’s first dance to the Arctic Monkey’s Baby I’m Yours.

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Congratulations Kate and Sam!

Special thanks to the team:
Venue: The Manor House
Florist: Wild Hare Floral Co.
DJ: Perry Washington
Rings: Sarah O Jewelry
Wedding Dress: BHLDN
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography


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A mini-engagement session is a great way to meet your photographer and get some nice photos before the wedding day. A mini session is usually 20 minutes and takes place in the North Denver area. This mini engagement session took place in Central Park with a view of the mountains.

Most commonly, an engagement session will last for one hour, will be at the location of your choice, and will include photos taken in two different outfits and a bit more planning. 

Hannah and Davis already had professional engagement photos taken in their home state. But I wanted the chance to work with them before the big day, so we planned a mini-session during one of their visits.

Our session was casual and stress-free and focused on going through some simple direction to show them what to expect on the wedding day. We did some fun poses, candid-style, traditional looking at the camera, romantic, laughing, close-ups, wide shots, and even a couple silhouette photos with the sunset. We were lucky to get a day with a beautiful sky!

It was winter and chilly so they kept the jackets on and leaned into a Colorado hiking vibe.

Hannah shares, “Colorado is the place that we met, a place that we love. Like most people in Colorado we love it because of the outdoors and the environment. It was fun to have the opportunity to spend a little time and take some photos with Jess. Since we don’t live in Colorado, the mini session was a perfect fit and Jess did a terrific job!”

Congratulations to Hannah and Davis!

Click here to check out another mini-engagement session at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

Are you considering planning a full engagement session? Check out my blog post “How to Plan Your Colorado Engagement Session” with lots of tips!


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Casey and Shakari were married on a beautiful, snowy New Year’s Eve at the Lakewood Country Club in Colorado. The club was decorated with festive holiday garlands for a special December celebration.

Casey shares, “My mother and I went into the bridal shop with one goal: SPARKLES. It’s the one time in my life I could wear a ball gown as big and sparkly as I wanted, and it did not disappoint.”

Casey and Shakari love New Year’s! They share, “It was NYE! Our colors were gold and silver, we had casino games, and we rang in the new year with our loved ones. Most of all, it’s the one night of the year where your wedding can be as over the top as you want it.

Our favorite moments from the day include our first dance, tasting the cake that I only got a quarter of a piece of (this is Shakari’s quote), the first look, and watching my (Casey’s) parents dance to Snoop Dogg. Almost every guest told my parents it was the best NYE of their lives.”

The couple shared their first dance to If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys.

Congratulations Casey and Shakari!

Special Thanks to the team:

Venue: Lakewood Country Club
Florist: Heidi Haas Sheard, Swiss Flower and Gift
Hair and Makeup: Dulce Diem
Rings: Kay Jewelers
Bride’s Dress: Casablanca Bridal, Amanda’s Tux and Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Gentlemen’s Choice Tuxedo
Cake: Das Meyer Pastry
String Trio: Trading Post Productions
DJ: David with the DJ Guy
Casino Games:
Photographer: Jessica Schmitt Photography with Eric Swartz


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